Burrell Mohler & other Mohler men plead not guilty to sex crimes against children/All sexual molestation charges have been dropped against these men: Jared Mohler, David A. Mohler, Burrell Mohler Sr., Burrell Mohler Jr., Roland Mohler, and Darrel Mohler.

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Post by truthseeker on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:39 pm

Some of these Men DO NOT LOOK LIKE THEIR PHOTOS!! They have lost tremendous amounts of weight..Being in jail, has altered their appearences. They Do Not look nearly as "scary" now.. (Yes, I get the weeby geebies anytime I'm around them (even before all this came out))
If anyone has updates about their court dates an update would be appreciated...


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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:41 pm

LOL, truthseeker!!! You crack me up!! Will look for updates post haste!!

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Post by truthseeker on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Defense can drag this on until they all die.. The sad thing is the victims who are still in this family and Not safe from the previous generations of incest..
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Post by truthseeker on Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:47 am

I was hoping someone would be able to get information and current picture to post.. HE does not look the same.. He lost a lot of weight.. Oh and why has no one looked at the school (Hope resturation) on Crysler rd in Independence for any evidence or Rolands land in Bates City>? Just saying..
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Post by Nama on Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:46 pm

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After more than two years behind bars, 79-year-old Burrell Mohler Sr. is being released pending his trial on charges he molested young relatives three decades ago.

With a big smile on his face, after nearly 2 1/2 years in jail, Mohler is a free man. He walked out of the Clay County Jail in Liberty just before 1 p.m. Friday with his attorney and a relative by his side.

"No comment. Just happy to be out," said Mohler's lawyer, Kim Benjamin, when asked if there was anything his client could say.

The lawyer said Mohler was happy to see the sun shining again and to be able to eat a meal with his family.

Mohler and four of his sons are facing charges of molesting relatives 30 years ago on the family farm.

Friday in court, Benjamin told the judge her client was rotting in jail while his trial continued to be delayed because the victims refuse to hand over copies of their medical records. She wants the testimony of those victims thrown out, questioning the validity of their repressed memories.

"They are the records that would prove no one ever was abused. If you are physically abused at a tender young age, under the age of five, hundreds of times and you supposedly had a baby at 11 years old. Give me one witness that can validate any of those stories," said the defense attorney.

The prosecution contested this request.

While the judge was listening to the motion to throw out the testimony, he suddenly granted Mohler's release on bond that obligates him to show up for further court proceedings. The judge still has to make a ruling on that motion and Mohler is due back in court in July to face the charges in this case.

Relatives of Mohler who didn't want to be identified were surprised and relieved by the judge's move.

"We're happy he's out," said one.

"We're just happy Burrell's out," said another when asked if they were expecting the judge to let him go today. "I had no idea what was going to transpire today. I didn't even know what motions were going to be heard. Just came out to support."

One of Mohler's four sons, David Mohler, was in court Friday as well, but the judge postponed his hearing until Tuesday to hear the motions filed by his defense in the case.

Burrell Mohler was released on his own personal recognizance. He must return to court on July 20.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:12 pm

Everytime I see an update on this case, I get the shivers. This is a VERY tough thread to read. NOW, to learn they let that degenerate out boggles my mind! Raine is Correct. He should rot in jail and hell!!

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Post by Nama on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:12 am

Burrell Mohler Sr., the family patriarch who is accused along with his sons of sexually abusing family members at a farm near Bates City in the 1980s, has been set free for the first time in more than two years.

Clay County Circuit Judge Larry Harman on Friday denied a motion by Mohler to bar the alleged victims from testifying, but he did release the 79-year-old man from jail, the first time he will be free since November 2009.

Mohler, an Independence resident at the time of his arrest, had been in jail since then awaiting trial in Clay County on the charges. He was released on his own recognizance and must appear in court on July 20.

Burrell Mohler Jr., also of Independence, remains in jail as of now. David, Jared and Roland Mohler are also accused of committing dozens of sex crimes at the family’s home near Bates City starting in the early 1980s, but those three are free on bond. All have pleaded not guilty.

The trials have been repeatedly pushed back due in part to delays in the defense obtaining evidence, including the six siblings’ health care records. Defense attorneys have argued their clients have been in limbo for more than two years, living as accused child molesters, without getting a chance to prove their innocence in court.

Defense attorneys also argue there is no evidence to support the claims of abuse. They also note that the victims have said they didn’t remember until three years ago many details of alleged acts that they claim occurred in the 1980s and continued for several years.

Also today, Harman said he plans to rule next week on defense motions to dismiss two rape charges against David, 54.


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Post by Nama on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:15 am

Mohler Sr was sent by his wife to live in the basement after his wife found porn locked somewhere in the house.......and she told LE about it. Makes me think that where there's smoke there's fire. Family secrets!

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Post by Nama on Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:56 am

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Six siblings who authorities say were subjected to sadistic sexual abuse by older relatives on a Missouri farm more than 25 years ago issued their first public statement Wednesday in an effort to counter defense arguments that the victims have been reluctant to take the case to trial.

In a statement read to The Associated Press by one of the women after it was approved by her four sisters and one brother, the siblings said they are ready to tell their stories in court.

"After four years of cooperating with the prosecution, we believe that a just and speedy trial can be reached without further compromising our privacy and safety," the statement said. "Even now, it is our hope that this case will bring attention to crimes against children and will give other victims the courage they need to come forward."

The AP generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse and hasn't reported the familial relationship between the alleged victims and the older family members.

Burrell Mohler Sr. and his four sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland Mohler, are facing dozens of counts of rape and sodomy after the six siblings told investigators they were abused as children on a farm east of Kansas City over several years beginning in the mid-1980s. Burrell Sr. and Burrell Jr. remain behind bars, while the others are free on bond. All have pleaded not guilty.

The men's trials have been repeatedly pushed back due in part to delays in the defense obtaining evidence, including the six siblings' health care records. Defense attorneys have argued their clients have been in limbo for more than two years, living as accused child molesters, without getting a chance to prove their innocence in court.

Defense attorneys have requested mental and physical health records going back to when the siblings were children, noting that if the horrible acts of abuse against them really happened, there would be medical records to prove it.

George Jones, an attorney for David Mohler, contends it's unfair that his client's trial keeps getting delayed because the accusers have refused to provide health care records. Clay County Circuit Judge Larry Harman is scheduled to rule Friday on Jones' motions to have the case dismissed.

The woman who spoke with the AP said she and her siblings were concerned about the possibility their personal information would be comprised. However, she said they were reassured by the appointment of a discovery judge late last year to review all health records before deciding what should be shared with defense attorneys.

The judge signed an order Dec. 19 requiring the siblings to turn lists of health care providers over to the state, and the woman said the requested records now have been given to the court.

The woman said she couldn't discuss details of the claims against the Mohler men because she didn't want to jeopardize the criminal cases. The first trial, for Burrell Mohler Sr., is scheduled for April in Clay County.

Mitru Ciarlante, director of youth initiatives with the National Center for Victims of Crime, said the thought of providing confidential, personal records to strangers is troubling for most people, and even more so for crime victims because they don't know how that information will be used.

"When it comes to personal privacy – something many Americans value very closely – it's something we give up when we report a crime or when someone else reports a child is abused," she said. "Those are some of the barriers victims have to reporting abuse in the first place."

The men were charged in November 2009, a year after the siblings went to authorities. Four of the siblings claim the Mohler men took turns raping them over several years, including some assaults that happened after patriarch Burrell Sr., an ordained minister, conducted wedding ceremonies to "marry" the young girls to the older men so they could have sex.

Court documents also describe claims by some of the girls that they were forced to have sex with a horse and a dog.

The accusers said the abuse started when they were very young, in some cases as young as 5 years old, and they had repressed the memories for more than 20 years.

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Post by Lilone on Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:56 am

As of 3/10/12 the cases of David, Burrell Sr., Darrell & Roland have been cancelled and removed for confidentiality. WTF?
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:13 am

What the hell does that mean????? WTF is right!!

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Post by lisette on Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:53 pm

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All sexual molestation charges have been dropped against these men: Left to right on top row - Jared Mohler, David A. Mohler, Burrell Mohler Sr. Left to right on second row - Burrell Mohler Jr., Roland Mohler, and Darrel Mohler, who died last year. (Credit: AP Photo)(CBS/AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A prosecutor is dropping all charges against five members of the Mohler family, who were accused of sexually molesting young relatives on a western Missouri farm more than 20 years ago. Prosecutor Kellie Campbell said she doubted she could convince a jury that the bizarre claims were true.
Her decision has enraged some of the accusers who feel robbed of their day in court.

"Whether or not I believe the allegations is an independent question from whether or not I believe I can prove each and every element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial," Campbell told The Associated Press after notifying courts in three counties of her action on Wednesday, March 7.

Six members of the Mohler family - Burrell Sr.; his sons Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland; and his brother, Darrel - were arrested in November 2009 after several young family members told investigators about a series of bizarre sex crimes that allegedly took place on a Lafayette County farm, about 30 miles east of Kansas City.

Two of the men, Burrell Sr., 79, and Burrell Jr., 56, spent more than two years behind bars before being freed on bond in recent weeks. In September, Darrel Mohler, 74, died in his sleep at his home in Florida.

Kimberly Benjamin, who represents Burrell Mohler Sr., said she was shocked Wednesday afternoon when she found out the charges had been dropped more than two years after her client was taken into custody.

"It's been a long time coming, but finally justice is served," she said. "Burrell is very happy and grateful to have closure so he can focus on his physical health and his family."

Allegations against the men included that the elder Mohler, an ordained minister, conducted wedding ceremonies in which young girls were "married" to older relatives so they could have sex. The shocking accusations also included tales of bestiality, pregnancies and murders on the farm south of Bates City.

Before the charges were dropped, one of the alleged victims told the AP she was worried Campbell didn't want to take the case to court. The woman, who is not being identified, said she and other family members were eager to take the stand and tell what happened to them starting in the early 1980s.

"She has no intention of taking this to court," the woman said. "Every action has been in that direction."

Campbell countered, saying it was her job to build a strong case on behalf of the victims, and that's what she had tried to do.

"This was a highly unusual series of cases and the outcome should not deter other victims of crime from reporting those crimes," Campbell said.

Defense attorneys had increasingly argued that unfair trial delays were caused by the accusers' reluctance to turn over deeply personal medical and mental health records, as ordered by a judge.

The defense contended that because of the alleged extreme abuse, there would be medical records documenting the injuries, and requested all health-related records going back to when the accusers were small children.

Campbell said no murder charges were filed because no bodies had ever been found.

The woman who spoke with AP stood behind the murder allegations.

"We know what happened and can't deny it," she said. "What's so unbelievable about someone killing someone? It absolutely happened."

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It's hard to imagine that somebody would make up these things. I absolutely believe that some of it happened, if not all.
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Post by lisette on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:03 pm

ALL CHARGES AGAINST MOHLER FAMILY ARE DROPPED

BY DONALD BRADLEY AND JUDY THOMAS

In the end, maybe the story of the Mohler family was just too much.

Too much to believe or too much to prove.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Lafayette County prosecutor dropped all charges in the incest case that more than two years ago shocked the world with bizarre stories of barnyard “weddings” of children to older relatives, rape, sodomy and secrets buried in fruit jars.

Those who had faced dozens of counts of sexual abuse were family patriarch Burrell Mohler Sr., then 79, of Independence, a sometimes preacher, and his four adult sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland.

All were scheduled for trials later this year, including a June 4 date in Clay County for David Mohler.

“We’re just so glad it’s finally over,” said the Lamoni, Iowa, resident, the only one of the formerly accused to be reached Wednesday night. “The fact that these false charges were brought in the first place has forever changed our lives. Horrendous kinds of things were being said.

“But I never lost confidence,” he said by phone. “I assumed that we’d get this cleared up as to how they (his nieces and a nephew) might have come to believe these fantasies.”

Until the latest development, Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell never publicly wavered, although apparently hampered by the lack of physical evidence. On Wednesday, she would only say of the sensational charges:

“Whether or not I believe the allegations is an independent question from whether or not I believe I can prove each and every element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.”

At least five of the six children of Burrell “Ed” Mohler Jr., had told investigators they were abused 20 years ago. As recently as last month they issued a statement to The Associated Press that they were ready to tell their stories in a “just and speedy trial.”

That will not happen now.

Hours before the announcement of the dropped charges, one alleged victim voiced frustration with Campbell.

“She has no intention of taking this to court,” the woman told the AP Wednesday around noon. “Every action has been in that direction.” The woman’s request to be dropped from the case was granted.

Campbell responded that it was her job to build a strong case and she had tried.

Janeal Matheson, public defender for Burrell Jr., was surprised at the dismissals.

“But if I have a prosecutor tell me they’re dropping charges, I’m saying thank you,” Matheson said. “I always thought my client would be found innocent at trial, but I’m glad it’s not going to go that far. Trials are always hard.”

David Mohler, 54, who said the experience had shaken his faith in the justice system, said he had wanted his day in court: “Because it has turned out this way, we don’t have the opportunity to show the evidence of why these were such ridiculous charges.”

An indication perhaps that the case was grinding to a halt was when Burrell Mohler Sr. was released Feb. 17 on his own recognizance after about 28 months behind bars. Then his 56-year-old son, Burrell, Jr. the last to be released, walked out of jail Monday after a Pettis County judge lowered bond to $5,000.

The dropping of charges came too late for the senior Mohler’s brother, Darrel, the last to be arrested. Free on bond, he died last fall in Florida where he lived.

For his son, Wednesday’s news came bittersweet. He was glad, but saddened, too, that his father will never know of his redemption.

“My dad had health problems, but I know this thing killed him,” Jeff Mohler said from his home in Florida. “When he was first arrested, I worried he wouldn’t live to see it through and that proved prophetic.”

As for the accusers, his cousins, he doesn’t know why they did what they did — “Ruining the lives of their father, grampa and uncles.”

Defense attorneys had increasingly argued that unfair trial delays were caused by the accusers’ reluctance to turn over deeply personal medical and mental health records, as ordered by a judge.

They had contended that if the horrible acts of abuse against them really happened, there would be medical records to prove it.

The alleged victims didn’t want to relinquish the records because of fears their private information would be made public. In their statement, the five women and their brother thanked the media “for respecting our privacy throughout this investigation as we have sought to protect our own families… we believe that a just and speedy trial can be reached without further compromising our privacy and safety. Even now, it is our hope that this case will bring attention to crimes against children and will give other victims the courage they need to come forward.” The appointment late last year of a special discovery judge to review the records before they were turned over to attorneys seemed to ease those concerns.

Fairly new at her job when the case broke, the rural county prosecutor found herself besieged. She commented rarely about the Mohler charges, which because of limited resources in her own county, were moved elsewhere. Three went to Clay County.

After his arrest, David Mohler lost his job working in computers at Graceland University. He learned of the dismissal of the charges from his stepmother.

Roland Mohler, 49, of Bates City, Mo., had worked as a paramedic before his arrest; Jared Mohler, 51, was a Columbia, Mo., data base administrator. Burrell Jr. was a retired Independence fire fighter.

Three of the defendants had been members of the Community of Christ lay priesthood. They included Burrell Mohler Sr., who gave the Father’s Day sermon at his Bates City church in 2009.

The Mohlers were introduced to the world early on Nov. 11, 2009., as investigators began digging up the old family place in southwest Lafayette County, about 30 miles east of Kansas City. They were looking for glass jars that the victims said they’d buried there years ago. In the jars were pieces of paper describing their abuse, the sisters said.

Neither the jars nor the notes were found, nor was any evidence of a murder the victims said they committed after being ordered to do so by their father. The women said they followed a “fat man” from Independence Center to his house where they killed him with knives.

Nor did any evidence ever surface to support the story of a sex slave who lived in the crawl space beneath the house.

Search warrants showed detectives did find incest pornography magazines in the Independence home of Burrell Sr.

For Ron Gamble of Independence, a brother-in-law of Burrell Mohler Sr., the dismissal was as close to justice as the end could be.

“I’ve known Burrell since we were 19…20 years old, and I’ve known all of his boys since the day they were born,” Gamble said. “I’ve never seen anything in their character or personality that would possibly indicate they were involved in the things they were accused of.

“I really found all of this so bizarre and hard to believe. These fellows never got to face their accuser. That’s not the way the system is supposed to work.”

“I felt they were innocent from the very beginning. How would you feel if your good name had been slandered in national and international news, your picture was on TV and in the newspaper, you’ve had terrible things said about you? How would you deal with that?”

Support by his family, church and community helped him through, said David Mohler, and “I knew I had God’s strength with me…Through the endless struggles, endless expenses we’ve encountered, we know ultimately who is in charge.

“We’ve got a a whole lot of recovery to do. Lost homes, lost jobs, lost careers, lost health, lost years,” he said. “And all because somebody wanted to believe it. That’s all it took.”

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Well, I just don't know...It looks like there would have been SOME evidence somewhere. The incest pornography is unsettling...and him supposedly a minister!! I just don't know... confused Wonder when the lawsuits will begin?
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Post by lisette on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:11 pm

Mo. prosecutor defends dismissing family sex case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri prosecutor who dismissed all charges against five men accused of molesting young relatives decades ago says she had no other option.

Lafayette County prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell says she made her decision after one of the accusers backed out and others were questioning her commitment to the case.

Wednesday's dismissal came more than two years after Burrell Mohler Sr. and his sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland, were charged.

Shocking claims of incest, bestiality and abortions were based on memories at least five siblings say they had been repressed for more than 20 years.

Two of the men spent more than two years in jail before being released, while the other three lived as accused child molesters as they awaited trials that never happened.

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Post by Nama on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:08 pm

When the Mohler criminal cases abruptly ended this week, there were no victories. No clear-cut justice.

Not for the defendants, who, though freed, were denied a chance to face their accusers in court and clear their names.

Not for the accusers, who now find themselves — and their memories of sex crimes they say were committed by their father, grandfather and uncles — under scrutiny.

And not for the Lafayette County prosecutor, who, after dropping all the charges, finds herself second-guessed.

More than two years after five Mohler men, outfitted in jail orange, sat listening to the charges against them, there’s no better understanding of what happened 20-plus years ago on the family farm than there was the day the allegations shocked the country.

“As I sit here on this date, I’d say no, I don’t know what happened,” Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell said Friday. “The easy answer is, I wasn’t there. In a trial, you take a jury there. You build what happened. But you have to have a case you think you can put in that format.”

With the Mohlers, she said, she realized she didn’t.

On Wednesday, Campbell dismissed dozens of counts against Burrell Mohler Sr. of Independence and his four adult sons, Burrell “Ed” Jr., David, Jared and Roland. All were scheduled for trials later this year. A sixth defendant, Burrell Sr.’s brother Darrel, died in October in Florida.

“There are no winners,” said Kansas City attorney Sean O’Brien, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. “The defendants may live out the rest of their lives with this cloud hanging over their heads. By the same token, I’m sure the accusers didn’t come forward lightly, and I’m sure they’ve paid a price for it.”

Attorneys for the alleged victims say they’re disappointed they never got to tell their story in court. They hoped the men would pay for what they said they had endured.

They wanted to “protect other children,” said Rebecca Randles, a Kansas City attorney representing the accusers.

The defendants, and their families, say they feel robbed, abused by a system they once had faith in.

“They all had good reputations, they were people of integrity, they had good jobs,” said Ron Gamble of Independence, a brother-in-law of Burrell Mohler Sr. “What’s happened to the family is absolutely terrible in terms of reputation, the ability to have a job. This is really sad.”

Repressed memories

One alleged victim told Lafayette County detectives she was raped by one uncle when she was 5, and by her grandfather when she was 6. The next year, she told the detectives, her dad got into bed with her and her sister and raped them both.

Ultimately, four sisters told authorities stories of repeated abuse. Repeated rapes, including in a chicken coop. Mock weddings between the little girls and their uncles, forced sex with animals and grandpa orchestrating it all.

At least five of Ed Mohler’s six children told investigators in 2009 that their relatives abused them two decades ago. That fall, investigators began digging at the old family farm in southwest Lafayette County looking for jars the children said they’d buried with notes describing their abuse. Detectives also combed the area for evidence of a murder the alleged victims said their father had forced them to commit.

No solid evidence was found to support those stories. Search warrants indicated that detectives did find incest pornography magazines in Burrell Sr.’s Independence home.

Most of the allegations that led to the charges came from repressed memories that surfaced since 2008, according to court records.

Filing the charges “wasn’t an uneducated, haphazard decision,” Campbell said. “It was well thought-out.”

At the time, prosecutors didn’t know how some of the memories had been recovered. Only through depositions in the case, and as months passed, did some of that come out.

“What was learned about how the memories were recovered became an issue,” Campbell said, adding that she couldn’t elaborate. “Sometimes what comes to you in black and white changes over time. … Information became more clear after charging.”

Court records show that on several occasions, the alleged victims didn’t provide names of health care providers and mental health counselors when asked. Defense attorneys said they needed to speak with doctors and analyze records to determine the validity of the allegations.

Darrel’s son Jeff Mohler said the family was furious with the prosecutor.

“It’s all so outrageous,” he said. “The bestiality, the murder was way above and beyond. That’s why we’re all angry at the prosecutor that she didn’t fact-check. If all this was going on, let’s see the school records, because there’d have been a lot of absenteeism. Let’s see the medical records. They didn’t do their due diligence.

“My dad and uncle and cousins all heeded their attorneys’ advice and kept their mouths shut. You don’t know how bad they wanted to scream, ‘Use your brains, open your eyes.’ It was a legal version of slander being conducted against us. It’s just a shame.”

Campbell said she knows people on both sides are questioning her decisions. Some question why she filed the charges, others why she dismissed them.

As she learned more about repressed memories, Campbell said, she discovered much controversy, even among experts.

“You get folks all over the map,” she said. “… We’re still in the Dark Ages when it comes to understanding repressed memory.

“And that hurts. If the experts haven’t figured it out, how can a jury?”

No consensus

Since the 1990s, debate has raged over whether memories can be repressed, and if so, for how long. And if a repressed memory can be recovered, how reliable can the details be?

“Recovered memories are allowed in court,” said Suzanne Tiapula, director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, a part of the National District Attorneys Association. “It depends on what is being recalled and how.”

In court, defense attorneys frequently have argued that the memories are false — fabricated events impressed upon vulnerable minds by poorly trained therapists, forensic interviewers or law enforcement officials.

The issue became a national debate in 1983 after the now notorious McMartin Preschool case. An accusation by one mother who suspected that her son might have been sexually abused by the owner of the Manhattan Beach, Calif., preschool led authorities to send a letter to the parents of all the children at the school.

By 1984, forensic interviewers who spoke to the children suggested that as many as 360 of them might be victims of sexual abuse, although only about a dozen would testify.

It was later discovered that the interviewers used leading techniques that inadvertently planted false memories of abuse in the children’s minds.

The trial of the McMartin staff lasted six years. No one was convicted. All charges were dropped in 1990, leading to the general belief that no abuse probably ever occurred. Forensic interviewing underwent important changes.

“You have no idea how controversial this issue has been in my field,” said Rene McCreary, a licensed professional counselor and director of clinical services for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. “There is a lot of debate about false memory syndrome.”

Even now, there is no consensus regarding the repression of child abuse memories.

In court, the precision of a memory, especially one that is recovered long after it has allegedly been repressed, will by necessity come into question.

Phillip Esplin, an Arizona psychologist who testifies in court cases and prepared an affidavit for the defense in the Mohler case, said that “as you go below age 6, and particularly age 3, it is difficult to formulate clear memories.”

But for the vast majority of child abuse victims, he said, “the problem isn’t trying to remember it. The problem is trying to forget it.”

Feeling cheated

From the day he was arrested, David Mohler said he had no clue where the charges were coming from. But he had faith that he would soon be cleared.

“I just believed that, well, I haven’t even been in Missouri to have a situation ... where I could have been accused,” he told The Star earlier this week.

He and others in the Mohler family think they were abused by the system.

“We were still cheated out of our day in court,” said Jeff Mohler, Darrel’s son.

He said his father was devastated by the charges against him. One of Darrel Mohler’s bond conditions was that he not have contact with minors.

“I’ve got a half-sister who’s 15 years old, and he wasn’t allowed to see her,” Jeff Mohler said. “That was just breaking his heart. … He was discouraged. He was ready to give up.”

In an October court hearing, Darrel Mohler was hit with another continuance in his case.

“He made the comment to me, ‘How much longer can this go on?’ ” Jeff Mohler said. “The hearing was on a Friday and he died on Wednesday. It’s just a shame.”

David Mohler said he and his family now intend to work to fix what they believe is a broken system.

“We are now aware of problems and the tremendous pressure that the state is able to bring on people who may or may not be falsely charged, the tremendous power of the state that is unjustly used in many cases,” he said. “And because of this awareness, we now have a responsibility to try to find how to correct things that are wrong with this.”

Defense attorney O’Brien applauded Campbell’s decision to drop the charges.

“There are a lot of questions around this case, but the one thing I think you could take to the bank about what’s happened here is that prosecutors do not take these decisions lightly,” he said. “Given the nature of the allegations, you would press forward if you could prove it. That’s the bottom line here. I really respect the prosecutor for making a hard decision.”

For her part, Campbell said she didn’t want to be known as the prosecutor who dismissed the Mohler case.

“I’d like to be remembered as the prosecutor who aggressively pursues child sex abuse crimes and has been successful at doing so. There are a lot of child molesters behind bars. I sure wish the Mohler case would be placed in the whole scheme of things.”

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